Murang’a forests in dire need of rehabilitation

There is need for concerted efforts to rehabilitate government forests in Murang’a county, area county commissioner John Elung’ata has said.

Elung’ata noted that logging among other human activities over the years has left the forests in poor shape.

The county commissioner who led a group of Murang’a University of Technology students to plant seedlings at Kiambicho forest on Thursday, said parts of some government forests have been left bare by excessive logging activities.

The county, he noted is the main water source for neighbouring counties thus the need to rehabilitate the forests within shortest period possible.

Impact of destruction of forests in Murang’a county will not only affect the local residents but also people from neighbouring regions including Nairobi and the larger Ukambani area which gets water from rivers originating in Murang’a, said Elung’ata.

Forests which include Wajerere, Kimakia, Kiambicho, Gatare and Kangure, the commissioner stressed, the need to be rehabilitated by planting trees and restricting human activities in them.

The three months ban on logging is about to end and we pray the stakeholders take another necessary action to ensure logging particularly in adversely affected forests remain prohibited for more time, added Elung’ata who was also accompanied by interior administrators and Kenya Forest Service (KFS) officers.

He said members of communities neighbouring the forests should take up the initiative to conserve the forests and also protect more destruction of vegetation.

We embark to seek partnership from organizations, lobby groups and institutions to spearhead massive tree planting in our forests, he noted pleading with people with tree nurseries to donate seedlings to support the initiative.

He requested local residents to embrace alternative sources of fuel other than wood so as to curtail extracting of firewood from forests which also contribute to destruction of trees.

I appeal to all Murang’a residents to plant trees during the ongoing rains and make sure they tend the trees to maturity, he urged.

The students who are allied to Peace Ambassadors Rotary Club managed to plant more than 3, 000 seedlings at Kiambicho forest.

The learners promised to continue to partner with other organizations and KFS in planting trees and ensuring the seedlings grow to maturity.

In April, Environment Cabinet Secretary Mr. Keriako Tobiko led an exercise of planting trees at forest surrounding Ndakaini dam.

The CS is also expected to lead another exercise of planting trees at Gatare forests in Kigumo Sub County on April 11.

Source: Kenya News Agency